Originally posted on Brewers Bar  |  Last updated 12/27/13

MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 4: Robin Yount (C) speaks as Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin (L) and Chairman and Principal owner Mark Attanasaio look on at a press conference announcing his return to the Milwaukee Brewers as a bench coach November 4, 2005 at Miller Park in Miwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
(Image: rackrs.com) With the onset of darkness and dreary indoor living that come with snow and cold, I retreat into books at times.  That statement is especially true if Doug Melvin has seen his shadow recently ensuring six more weeks of hot stove-less purgatory.  Just a few days ago I pulled out my copy of Ball Four, a book I shamefully hadn’t read the full first quarter of, much less finished.  Originally turned on to Jim Bouton’s opus by good word of mouth and written reference, plus the obvious Brewers connection, I must have been distracted at some point and let it rust.  Well, by coincidence I happened to pick up Ball Four once again only yesterday and immediately came across the name of original Brewers player and broadcaster Mike Hegan, who recently passed away at the age of 71.  Hegan appears in Ball Four as a Seattle Pilot; he played 95 games for the Pilots in 1969 before the franchise went bust and was moved to Milwaukee.  Not having finished the book yet I...
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